Dr. Salemi discusses the integration of technology at New Hope:
New Hope Students are quite adept at using various forms of technology, from their parents’ phones, the Internet, gaming, and teaching their “seniors” how to program the television. As an adult attempting to shape young people’s lives, I often feel overwhelmed by the amount of technology in our world. Moreover, as a natural worrier, I consider: How much is too much technology? How do we keep our students safe? Is using technology actually better for our students’ education?
Will using technology change the social fabric of our classrooms and relationships?
Despite the concerns, and possible pitfalls, we have a responsibility to ensure our students can access and change their world. The use of technology offers yet another way for New Hope to learn ways to live in the world, yet rise above the pitfalls and dangers of the world (Romans 12:2). As one of the 5th and 6th grade teachers for the 2012-2013 6th grade class, I can attest to the commitment New Hope faculty, staff, and administration has to ensuring that students access appropriate technology, use that technology for enriching academic endeavors, and instruct students in the value and dangers of technology.